Scott Flora of SPAN has published the following information on the impact of “lead testing” on children’s book publishers:
CPSIA and Publishers
As most of you know, CPSIA requires items sold for children, manufactured after February 10, be tested and certified for lead levels by an independent lab.
A Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) letter, dated December 23, 2008, affirmed children’s books are included in category of products that need to be tested for lead.
Products in inventory (in storage and on bookstore shelves) do not need to be tested, but retailers can be fined if the products are found to have excessive levels of lead.
Testing and certification takes place at the book printer level. Publishers of children’s books need to check with their printer if they have books in the printing process.
SPAN is providing more information on this issue at: